Ealing Council seeks 'urgent clarity' over five delayed Crossrail stations as Network Rail retenders contracts to save money

Rebecca Smith
Crossrail is set to be fully operational at the end of 2019
Crossrail is set to be fully operational at the end of 2019 (Source: Getty)

Crossrail representatives will meet with Ealing Council next week to discuss concerns about delays to five Crossrail stations, after Network Rail confirmed today it was retendering some contracts to save money.

The BBC revealed last month that five Crossrail stations in west London had been delayed, with West Ealing, Southall, Ealing Broadway, Acton and Hayes & Harlington, which were due to be built by the end of this year, pushed back to 2019.

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At the time, the programme director for Crossrail at Network Rail Ben Wheeldon, said the timeline for the introduction of the Elizabeth Line was on track.

But Ealing Council said today that it was still in the dark over concerns it had flagged regarding the stalled stations.

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said:

I still have not received a reply from Network Rail to the serious concerns I have raised about the delays to the rebuild and remodelling of the borough’s Crossrail stations. Our residents deserve answers and we are seeking urgent clarity about what is a very shabby state of affairs.

I am meeting with Crossrail on Monday to express these concerns and get some answers about how the project is going to be moved forward.

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A Network Rail spokesperson said:

Network Rail remain committed to delivering the new station buildings by December 2019 when the full Elizabeth Line service is launched. To maximise value for money for the public purse we are retendering some elements of the station buildings.

Critical railway upgrades continue to progress at these stations ahead of the new TfL Rail service in May next year.

Yesterday, it was announced that more services will be run on the new Elizabeth Line than were originally planned, with services from Reading doubled, and increased services to Maidenhead, Ealing Broadway, Southall and Hayes & Harlington. When the line becomes fully operational at the end of 2019, Transport for London will have bolstered the number of trains operating on the new line from 66 to 70.

It was also recently confirmed that trains will call at Heathrow Terminal 5, so all of the airport's terminals will be served by the Elizabeth Line.

The first train entered passenger service last month between Liverpool Street Main Line and Shenfield.

The stretch of line between Liverpool Street heading east to Shenfield will be the only part of the line to run, until the next stage opens in May next year. Then, the TfL Rail service will open between Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 4.

The line in its entirety will eventually run between Reading and Heathrow in the west, through London and out to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

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